* Posts by Natalie Gritpants

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

Natalie Gritpants

Welcome to my world

Or rather my employers world. In EDA and using Synopsys, VCS, NCsim etc. They are not cloudy but they are licensed (and mighty expensive)

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

Natalie Gritpants

Wow - flag nerd fest

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Natalie Gritpants

Re: James is a dick...

Further to this - the second they stop employing you they become the competition, you will work for someone else (probably in the same market segment) and the last thing you should do is reduce your new employers chances of success by helping the ones that fired you.

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Is Kazakhstan about to man-in-the-middle diddle all of its internet traffic with dodgy root certs?

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Just browse the web in English

If their Kazakh to English translator is anything to go by they won't have a clue what you're up to.

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'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

Natalie Gritpants

There are 3 separate fabs at Leixlip runing 24hrs/day. Each one will take days to settle after a shutdown. It's not 6000 hours of production though so I think that number is made up by multiplying the number of employees standing in the car parks by the number of hours spent standing in the car parks.

As for the motorway being blocked, it's usually partly blocked by thge odd tractor anyway.

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

Natalie Gritpants

East anglia accents sound very similar to Austrlian

Maybe something in common. flat, boring, nothing to do but drink.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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DARPA announces contest to build a tattoo removal laser.

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

Natalie Gritpants

Time to register some premium rate mobile numbers

and slag myself off for profit

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Re: Was the picture necessary?

Quite, I just added regmedia to my Adblock filters and the world has not ended.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: Jamming.

I'm sure they could find them but don't know how they'll get the police to arrest them if the police radios don't work.

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Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

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Re: Intel will now look at ARM

The SOCs I've seen inside recently have lots of CPU cores. ARM's advantage is that it can run Android apps but you only need one core to do that and it can be a cheap one. The other cores can be Tensilica or ARC or whatever as they tend to be running custom firmware for the SOC and don't need a third party dev ecosystem to succeed. As others have said Intel already has an ARM license and will always be able to have one.

Who owns the fabs is more interesting.

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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

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Re: Postcard

I've just been down to B&Q. They are clearing the shelves of black paint right now.

Next is to get amazon to remove all tiny periods of silence in their entire range of music as silence is an absence of sound so technically silence is not music.

And welcome back nosegays, you're not allowed to not be able to smell anything.

Good luck next time you go to the dentist.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

Natalie Gritpants

So some good may have come of this. If it forces Apple to admit they have the technology to examine your iMessages before you do it will help people understand their relationship with Apple a little more. Not just Apple bashing, this applies to any message service.

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Twitter et al should be covered by this too

I'm not sure if those "search this site with Google" input boxes also result in tracking without consent.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Just for you townies...

2nd car picture is a classic T-bone accident.

Also in the 1st it looks like the occupants of the car would have survived.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Natalie Gritpants

It's money well spent to keep the principles of UK law and justice alive. There is an upper limit on what it will cost: for the taxpayer the max cost will be £10m * his remaining life span; for Mr Assange the max cost is his life.

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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

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Re: A Digital Garbage Dump

You need to think a bit more meta. Each data may be worth $0 and if you add them all up you still get $0 but their presence is not worth $0. It's the cost of doing business for Facebook. If they start deleting stuff they will be replaced by the next social media start-up that does not. I am glad they are figuring out how to minimize the power consumption, not for Facebook but for the human race.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

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Re: Voodoo math

Yes, I think the maths is off. My puny system should have died by now (several times over).

It's 4TB of JBOD with backups. Every Saturday morning a cron job runs an MD5 checksum over all the files. It hasn't detected any random changes in about three years. The last time it did I replaced the disk and restored form backup. With this maths I should be getting an error every three weeks.

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While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

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Racing to 10nm

Not much point for most of their customers. Those sizes can be very hard to keep the power down and you can fit something like a PDP11 in less than a 1mm square.

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Hope you have a backup system too. That you've tested recovery on.

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Newly merged Chinese taxi-hailing app now valued at $9 BEEELLION

Natalie Gritpants

I can think of a name

Kuadidi Dache

Hope I've not insulted someone's mother.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Re: Nothing wrong here

Downvoted you because berk is not used enough. I would like to see more uses of the word wazzock too.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

Releasing the proof of concept will help the person trying to fix this bug to test if the fix is effective with the person affected. If you don't release the proof of concept there is no guarantee that the fix that is eventually provided is actually a fix since it will rely on the fixer guessing at how to provoke the bug.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

Natalie Gritpants

FFS

My priorities when a friend has a loss in the family is:

1) Go around and give them a hug

2) Telephone at an appropriate time

3) Write a letter

I don't see a dislike button being much use to anyone.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Natalie Gritpants

"You can’t long stare out at daylight without feeling dazzled"

You need to get out more. Really out, not in the car.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

Natalie Gritpants

There are two types of people who store data on computers

Those that have lost data and those that are going to lose data.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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God, keep me from harm and working on FPUs

The problem lies in guys like me having to make transistors give you an answer in a small amount of time and guys like him expecting results regardless of how long it would take. Intel have now sensibly fixed the documentation to explain what really happens.

Intel's PI is 66 bits and Bruce is asking for sin(0.0000001) where the number of zeroes is about 80 bits. Not suprisingly the answer is correct to 0.000001 (65 bits of zero) but huge relative to 0.00001(80 bits of zero)

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Re: Ulp!

Well, it would have been made of wood since he is a carpenter. No problem adjusting wood to fit. Might have been more useful too.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

Natalie Gritpants

Could we have some screenshots on a widescreen monitor

Can you have the taskbar on the side?

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

Don't get too smug, you will have bugs in there.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Thay can meaningful;yy engage with me anytime

£100k and I'll say whatever they want.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: "I spent a few months ripping and selling off all my CDs."

You mean pirating.

Seriously, if you sell the music you paid for you should no longer listen to it. (morally or legally)

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EMC, HP blockbuster Borg: Big potential or total CATASTROPHE?

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HP going for the record in writedowns

Maybe you can't writedown a merger, but that $8b Autonomy is looking shaky if this happens.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: sigh

Reduce the amount of motion blur by a factor of 8 - duh

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Natalie Gritpants

So now the iPhone 6 is available at phones4zombies.com

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Just look up on a dark clear winter night in the countryside. Space is mostly cold, dark and empty.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

Natalie Gritpants

Siri, how do I make a phone call?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Natalie Gritpants

Re: citóg

Another right handed left mouse one here. My dressage trainer made me switch the mouse to the left. Helped my riding and less back pain.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Windows 7 End of Life

Wouldn't having WIndows 9 and WIndows 8.x on sale mean that Windows 7 would be the third oldest OS version and that Microsoft would not have to maintain it anymore. I may be wrong but XP has been shot and Vista is on the naughty step and if a new major revision comes out that will mean Vista will be dead and Windows 7 not recommended anymore?

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

Natalie Gritpants

Suspicious behaviour

Wandering around highly populated areas with a rucksack with aerials, it's a wonder you didn't get a couple of bullets to the head.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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@dan1980

Agreed, silly string is the best weapon. Short bursts so you can't be traced.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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The buggers have sketched my house!

Must get the left hand side checked for subsidence.

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Link

Also that vodeo contains a rare sighting of the fast moving superhero: Interlaceman.

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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Disappointed

Riding around city blocks is too easy, I was expecting him to have ridden around in the desert.

And another thing, he didn't dot the i.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

Never heard of anyone doing this but you could use a 4k screen to show 1080p with 30 bit per pixel colour. You have 4 24 bit pixels per source pixel and you can dither to get an extra 2 bits per channel per source pixel.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Natalie Gritpants

Re: those ... sofas?

Those are polished turds.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

Natalie Gritpants

Confession time

I drive in the middle lane sometimes. If it's very quiet it gives you two lots of cats-eyes to thud across while sleeping before you hit something. Other times the left lane is so deeply rutted by lorries that it's hard to keep a straight line.

Most of the time I stick to the fast lane as it feels safer, no idiots on the right and the speed differences are less than in the other two lanes.

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

Natalie Gritpants

"Something like a wireless light switch might be much easier to install"

I live in a house with no hallway so several rooms have more than one doorway. It's old but funnily enough there are light switches next to each doorway that were put in when it was last rewired (years ago). The exception is the bedrooms which have a IR remote near the bed (no installation required).

I can't see light switches being the must-have feature that drives this.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Natalie Gritpants

I've copyrighted the layout of my local plumber merchant

Scratched and dirty lino floor, faded prints on the wall, a big counter with no-one behind it when you walk in. After a five minute delay a customer service representative (in grubby brown overcoat thing) walks in and then walks out. Five minutes after that they come out again and speak to you in Dothrakian.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Silly sod

Are you sure? Sounds like he a least knows how to make a system secure against police investigations.

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